Thursday, June 30, 2011
Practicing like the pros
Two from Holly Springs join Grizzlies for a day
On June 7, Holly Springs residents Juston Mask and Tyler Bolden had the chance to see what it feels like to be a professional basketball player for a day.
The two 11-year-old boys traveled to the FedEx Forum where they met up with Damon Stoudamire, a former Grizzlies assistant coach and current University of Memphis Tigers assistant, for a private one-hour coaching session. The training session was held in the Coventry Health Care Practice Facility at FedEx Forum, the Grizzlies’ official practice court. In addition to receiving personal basketball tips from a former NBA star, the boys met Grizzlies head coach Lionel Hollins and team mascot Grizz, and then capped off the afternoon with a tour of the team locker room.
Juston Mask and Tyler Bolden had the opportunity to practice with Damon Stoudamire because Juston’s grandfather, Frank Swords, an avid Memphis Grizzlies fan, bid on and won the opportunity at last February’s Grizz Gala present by Gold Strike Casino Resort. Proceeds benefited Grizzlies House at St. Jude.
For more information on St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, please visit stjude.org, and for more information on the Grizzlies’ partnership with St. Jude, visit grizzlies.com.
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